Fire Update: The Lone Mountain Fire has steadily added about 100 acres per day to the total burned area for the past four days. Crews assigned to the fire are methodically conducting ignition operations in Ponderosa Pine stringers typically found towards the bottoms of canyons. Fire activity in the pinon-juniper stands that dominate the area is minimal as there is limited grass on the ground, which hinders the fire’s ability to spread.
Fire managers expect this low-intensity fire to gain another 500 acres over the next few days, bringing the possible total acreage to approximately 1000. They will focus operations on the east aspect of Black Ridge today.
Firefighters are still restricting fire activity to the established planning area within the perimeter of FS Road 9023B, FS Road 9874 and FS Road 483.
Smoke Conditions: Smoke may be visible from Highway 54, Carrizozo, White Oaks, and Capitan, NM. For more information on air quality and health impacts from smoke, please visit the New Mexico Department of Health website at https://nmtracking.org/fire.
Closure Orders: None at this time.